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Guiding Conventions


© UNICEF Bhutan/Sherpem Sherpa/2012

UNICEF has worked since the 1989 adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) to identify ways in which normative processes of international human rights law can inform and guide development work for children and women. During the 1990s, the organization moved from viewing the Convention primarily as a basis for global advocacy to exploring both its role, and the role of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), as normative frames of reference for the design and implementation of programmes of cooperation with national partners.

In 2006, our mandate was broadened once again to include the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). The ultimate aim of all UNICEF-supported activities is the realization of the rights of all children and women. Human rights and the right of children and people with disabilities guide the organization’s work in all programme areas.




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